SBD/Issue 154/Collegiate Sports

Litigation Settled Over Schools Leaving Big East For The ACC

The Univ. of Connecticut, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Rutgers Univ. and West Virginia Univ. have agreed to a settlement worth about $5M in the legal battle between the ACC and Big East, and “all litigation between the two conferences, its member schools and officers has been dropped,” according to Ken Davis of the HARTFORD COURANT. The Big East had filed a lawsuit in ‘03 against Boston College (BC), the Univ. of Miami and the ACC after the two schools agreed to join the ACC. Court documents state that UConn received $1M from the settlement, and sources said that “each of the four Big East schools “received an equal share.” The settlement discharges BC’s obligation to pay a withdrawal fee, but a source said that an additional $1M of the settlement “will essentially serve the purpose of an exit fee.” Dispersal of that money has not been determined by the Big East. The settlement does not specify the total amount “or how the payment was split between Miami, BC and the ACC.” The Big East will pay Miami over $297,000 and BC more than $204,000 “owed as ‘return of capital’ and other obligations.” The two conferences also agreed to play nine football games between 2008 and 2012 (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/4).

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